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  1. Ship: Celebrity Edge Length of Cruise: 7 days Cruise Sail Date: October 23, 2021 Date email offer received: October 3, 2021 Captain’s Club Tier: Classic Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: TA Current Cabin: Single Infinite Verandah Bid? Yes/No: Yes If YES - Bidding Details: Cabin Category: Aqua Class Bid Offer: $300 ($150pp x 2; solos must pay double) Notification Date: October 11, 2021 Accepted / Rejected ACCEPTED! General Comments: Got notice Sun, Oct 3rd and had options to bid on Concierge Class, Aqua Class, and several Suites. Chose to bid just over minimum: $300 ($150x2) on Aqua Class (preferred) and a back-up bid of $200 ($100x2) on Concierge Class. On Wed, Oct 6th, bid status showed Aqua Class PENDING, Concierge Class EXPIRED, and I no longer had the option to Modify or Cancel. Checked a couple places and found others had this happen and were notified they won the bid 3-5 days later. Today, Mon, Oct 11th was the 5th day, and I got my official upgrade notice.
  2. A woman on a Facebook page for those sailing on Celebrity confirmed she recently had the same experience as me, and she got the notice that she had won 3-4 days later.
  3. I hope you're right, because that's my situation tonight. I put in 2 bids 3 days ago. My preferred bid is Pending, my backup bid is Expired, and the option ot modify my bids is gone 17 days before sailing.
  4. About a month or so ago. Prices are back to$219 for the week now.
  5. That looks much better than the currrent sample menu I found. That had 3 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts.
  6. I'm on Edge 10/23/21. I originally booked the 7-day pass for the Thermal Suite at $219, but it later dropped to $119, so I was able to cancel and re-book.
  7. I"m traveling solo on Edge and booked dinner in Eden for my 70th birthday on October 24th. The 5 course menus and related YouTube videos made it look like a perfect choice for me. However, the current sample menu is far less interesting, offering only an appetizer, entre, and dessert. It's sad enough to find that solo cruisers must dine alone at every meal, so I hope the dining experience will not be disappointing.
  8. I'm not on your sailing, but I booked a Studio in 2023. Let us know what you think of those cabins!
  9. Mike, I think I know what you mean. I'm not looking for a hook-up relationship, but it would be nice to have a male friend with similar interests with whom I could go to dinner, attend events, and dance.
  10. BLITZMA, my husband passed away almost 5 years ago, and our last cruise was in 2010 due to his health. I've really missed cruising, so I decided my upcoming 70th birthday was the perfect excuse to go to sea on my first solo cruise. I got a very good rate on a Celebrity's Edge Solo Infinite Verandah cabin doing an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. My goal is to be at sea and enjoy the shipboard experience. We only stop at 3 ports I've been to before, so I have no problem skipping shore excursions if need be. I got a spa pass for the entire cruise and booked dinner in Eden for my birthday with some of the generous OBC received. With that arranged, I followed up booking a Cunard cruise in August 2022 to the Norwegian Fjords during a 4th of July Sale requiring only a small refundable deposit. After reading many of the posts here for singles, I decided to put another small refundable deposit on NCL's Getaway in October 2023 (another birthday cruise) doing a Baltic cruise from Copenhagen that includes 2 days in St. Petersburg and a day in Estonia, which is one of my personal bucket list itineraries. Traveling Mike was one of those who posted positive comments about the NCL solo cabins, and getting that itinerary a a good price including air locked it in for me. In this case, one of my knitting friends with whom I've gone to many pre-Covid knitting events has decided to join me. We both booked the solo cabins, agreeing that we can't be sure what life will bring in 2 years, so if one of us cannot go, it won't impact the other's booking. My first solo cruise is now 53 days away, and I'm excited about this and hope I can continue to tick off my cruise bucket list.
  11. There are also solo cabins on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean ships.
  12. Is that maybe why my cruise on the Edge 10/23/21 is coming up as;; Your upcoming vacation 7-Night Undefined Departing October 23, 2021 On
  13. I booked NCL Getaway a few days ago, Studio cabin 30% off plus various perks, including 1/2 price airfare, sailing the Baltic R/T Copenhagen with 2 sea days and stops in Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg (overnight), Helsinki, and Stockholm, 10/17-26/2023. Deposit was only $125 and fully refundable. I booked air to arrive day before the cruise leaves and depart the day we come into port, with the hotel to be determined later.
  14. I'm a crafter as well and always take something to work on during my cruises. One time it was cross stitch, and the young Russian lady who took care of our cabin told me it was the most beautiful stitching she'd ever seen. At other times, I'd take my knitting and always have people stop to admire it. The one instance that really surprised me was a comment by an 80 year old woman who was one of our tablemates (I was 60 at that time). I knitted 3 pairs of socks during our 2 week Panama Canal Cruise, and she said, "Why bother making socks? You can buy them cheap in the stores!" My late husband spoke up and said, "I've never bought a pair of socks that felt so good on my feet as the ones she knits for me." I've booked my first solo cruises for 2021, 2022, and 2023, and you can bet I'll be bringing my knitting, crochet, and/or stitching with me on every one.
  15. Good to know, Mike. I'll keep that in mind for my solo cruise on the Queen Victoria next year.
  16. I've updated my plans for solo cruising 2021, 2022, and 2023. 10/23-30/2021 Celebrity Edge Single Infinite Veranda - 7 day Eastern Caribbean R/T Ft. Lauderdale 08/14-21/2022 Cunard Queen Victoria Inside - 7 day The Fjords R/T Southampton 10/17-26/2023 NCL Getaway Solo - 9 day Baltic w/overnight St. Petersburg R/T Copenhagen
  17. Thank you so much for this review! I'm sailing the Edge solo for my 70th birthday in October, and all of this is so helpful to me. I downloaded all the dailies and will make notes!
  18. I realized I meant the Studio Lounge, not Studio Suite. Anyway, I think the quarters may be too tight for my comfort.
  19. I'm wondering if the NCL Studio cabins would be too tight for someone with claustrophobia. I've only had a problem with that when I had an MRI, but I'd hate to book a cruise and have a similar response to tight quarters. My late husband and I booked an inside cabin years ago on RCCL's Sovereign of the Seas, and after one night I asked if there were any outside cabins available and got moved for only $50. I could have tolerated it, but that was 120 sq. ft., so 97 sq. ft. including shower seems tight. On the other hand, I've had absolutely no problem when I've booked an inside cabin on Cunard and Celebrity. I've seen a lot of comments saying NCL's Single Suite is great for solo travelers, and NCL seems to do a lot of my bucket list destinations at really great solo rates. Any input on your experience with these cabins will be greatly appreciated!
  20. OOPS! Cruise dates are Oct 23-30, 2021 for Celebrity and Aug 22-29, 2022 for Cunard.
  21. I decided it was time to travel again, so in mid-May I booked a Celebrity Edge Single Infinite Veranda cabin doing the Eastern Caribbean October 22-29, 2021. It's my birthday present to myself as I hit a milestone birthday. My late husband and I had sailed on Celebrity four times and enjoyed every sailing. The solo price was really good, and I ended up with some nice OBCs. On Thursday I got an email from Cunard announcing their 2021 Independence Day Sale. The next day I went under deposit for the Queen Elizabeth R/T Barcelona sailing August 23-30, 2023, with stops in Villefranche, Rome, Naples, and Majorca. The prices in this sale are the best I've seen for solo travelers on Cunard. This will be my second cruise with them, and I'm even more excited about that than my October trip. Needless to say, I'm hoping to start working down my bucket list of places I'd like to go to, and cruising is something I love, and a fairly safe way to travel solo!
  22. Absolutely, Coastcat! I'm quite interested to see how I like the Edge and the Infinite Verandah as well. As for the Thermal Suite, I had a pass to the Holland America Thermal Suite on a Panama Canal Cruise and really enjoyed that. The Edge version has so much more, so I'm sure I'll make good use of the 7 day pass.
  23. I didn't exactly cruise solo on Cunard, but close to it. I'd gotten an offer too good to pass up on the QE2 Transatlantic at the end of June 2000. My husband and daughter couldn't get off work at that time, so I suggested I take my 8 year-old Grandson with me. We had a wonderful time, and I definitely want to sail Cunard again. We sailed on an inside guarantee, and the cabin was fine for the two of us. They had a wonderful children's program, so Brian went there after breakfast, ate lunch with me, then back again until dinner. We were seated at a table for 4, with our tablemates being another Grandmother traveling with her Granddaughter. There was plenty for me to do on the ship, and I loved the afternoon teas, where I met many lovely people. There were four formal nights, so I wore evening gowns, and Brian was complemented on how nice he looked in his blue blazer and ties. It was simply marvelous!
  24. I'm so glad you enjoyed your Solo Cruise for your 70th Birthday, as I'm about to do the same. I'm booked on Celebrity Edge doing the Eastern Caribbean at the end of October in one of their Single Infinite Verandah cabins. My late husband and I cruised the Southern/Eastern Caribbean many times, so it's familiar territory, and I can focus on enjoying the sea. I even treated myself to a 7 day pass to the SEA Thermal Suites.
  25. I've checked several times to see if the price on my cabin category has dropped, but it hasn't. Today I saw that all cabins in that category are sold out, so I doubt I'll be getting any OBC that way.
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